The Jim Harbaugh era is underway in Los Angeles and he is tasked with revamping this roster to get back to contention. It will take some time before Harbaugh has his true imprint on this group considering the holdovers from the past regime.
Heading into the offseason, the Chargers have some serious decisions to make regarding their team. They are projected to be over the cap by $44 million. Here are some players who might be cap casualties in the offseason.
1. Khalil Mack
Linebacker Khalil Mack is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro. The University at Buffalo product was wreaking havoc in the backfield all year long, racking up a career-high 17 sacks with 74 total tackles and 21 tackles for loss.
Although Mack dominated, the Chargers had the 28th-ranked total defense in the league. So it makes you question, how much do the Chargers need him?
Mack is heading into the final year of a six-year, $141 million contract that he signed with the Chicago Bears in 2018.
According to Spotrac, if Los Angeles cut Mack in the offseason, it would give back $23.3 million in cap space. That would be massive, especially since they are over the cap by a large margin.
Mack will also be turning 33 in late February, so you never know how much he has left in the tank. If the Chargers do part ways with Mack, they will feel the repercussions in 2024 but it will certainly help them long term.